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September 22, 2017

Game Camera Photos Sept 2017

Filed under: Birds,farm,Hogs — Freddie Keel @ 10:43 am
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September 4, 2017

Game Camera -Birds

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July 31, 2016

Buzzards invaded one of our cage hog traps

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February 11, 2016

Our Wood Duck Sanctuary


Our wood duck sanctuary.


 While dad watches while mom flies to nest




      We hope she finds the home suitable

to her and her future family



November 4, 2015

A “Murder’ of Crows eating our Deer corn!

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 10:06 am
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Crow Facts Crows are members of the Corvidae family, which also includes ravens, magpies, and blue jays. Loud, rambunctious, and very intelligent, crows are most often associated with a long history of fear and loathing. They are considered pests by farmers trying to protect their crops and seedlings. Many people fear them simply because of their black feathers, which are often associating them with death. But research demonstrated in A Murder of Crows proves crows are actually very social and caring creatures, and also among the smartest animals on the planet.

Where do crows live?
Crows live all over the world, except for Antarctica.

What do they eat?
Crows are predators and scavengers, which means that they will eat practically anything. Their diet consists of various road-kill, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, corn, human fast food, even eggs and nestlings of other birds. An adult crow needs about 11 ounces of food daily.

How many species are there?
There are about 40 or so species in the Corvus genus. These range from pigeon-sized birds to ravens, which can be as much as 24-27 inches long.

Social Environment
Crows are very social and have a tight-knit family. They roost in huge numbers (in the thousands) to protect themselves from enemies like red-tailed hawks, horned-owls, and raccoons. Crows also use at least 250 different calls. The distress call brings other crows to their aid, as crows will defend unrelated crows. Crows mate for life.

Close Relatives
The Corvus genus includes the common American crow, ravens, rooks, and other variations, and the wider family (Corvidae) includes jays, magpies, nutcrackers, and other birds.

Crows and West Nile Virus
Crows are susceptible to West Nile virus, and their deaths are used as early indicators of potential human disease in an area. West Nile Virus has killed 45% of American crows since 1999, though they’re still listed as Least Concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

What’s a murder of crows?
A group of crows is called a “murder.” There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions.

For instance, there is a folktale that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow.

Many view the appearance of crows as an omen of death because ravens and crows are scavengers and are generally associated with dead bodies, battlefields, and cemeteries, and they’re thought to circle in large numbers above sites where animals or people are expected to soon die.

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June 4, 2015

Briefly, we enjoyed visitors to our pond today




The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. In places like Texas and Louisiana, watch for noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks dropping into fields to forage on seeds, or loafing on golf course ponds. Listen for them, too—these ducks really do have a whistle for their call. Common south of the U.S., Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks occur in several southern states and are expanding northward.


wild-ducks-060415c Resting on one leg.


Black-bellies breed during their first year of life, establishing lifelong pair bonds during their first winter. Nest initiation occurs from April through August, a period approximately one month longer than prairie nesting ducks. Black-bellies nest in tree cavities and, similar to wood ducks, also have adapted to nesting in boxes. Where tree cavities are lacking, black-bellies will nest on the ground, often in grasses at the base of small trees or shrubs. Females lay an average of 13 eggs and both sexes incubate the eggs. Experiments have revealed that removal of either the female or the male during incubation results in abandonment of the nest. Apparently, participation of both the male and female is necessary for the nesting attempt to be successful. Black-bellies enjoy relatively high nest success rates (an average of 45 percent) compared to prairie nesting ducks. Most nest failures are caused by raccoons, rat snakes and golden-fronted woodpeckers.

wild-ducks-060415fMaybe, just maybe they will return for another visit.

Maybe, just maybe they will nest in one of our wood duck nest.

September 9, 2014


Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 8:36 pm

We must have at least fifteen hummingbirds working our three small feeders.

Every day, the numbers seem to increase.   I’m guessing they are preparing to migrate.

April 1, 2014

our pond ducks – Henry and Jack

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 11:22 pm

July 16, 2013

Osprey — the ultimate fisher

Filed under: Birds,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:20 am


An osprey in action
This is an incredible video. I can’t believe this Osprey got 5-6 fish at a time, then got a flounder under 3′ of water, and then made off with what looks to be a 5+ lb. steelhead.   I’ve never seen a bird shake water off like a dog does – wouldn’t want to get in the way of him
when he’s got his eyes locked and his talons in the “load” position!  Its talons are amazing!   There are 3 sequences in this one video: 1st sequence he catches half a dozen fish in one strike. 2nd sequence he plunges talons into deep water right to the bottom to grab his  prey. 3rd sequence he captures a big old fish that looks as if it weighs more than he does!   This is incredible to watch (best viewed in full screen mode-click on bottom right icon)…enjoy!

May 6, 2013

On our Golden Pond

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 6:35 am


Actually the pond is not Golden,

it is muddy.

We have a couple of adults ducks.

Recently, we bought a couple of baby ducks

and one of our grown ducks

immediately took to them.

We’ll release them from their cage once they

start developing wing feathers.

For now they are our entertainment,

which shows you that it does not take much

to entertain us at our muddy pond.

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